A master’s degree in healthcare administration is necessary for people who want to work at medical facilities in an administrative capacity these days. However, not all programs are created equal, and you’ll want to be sure that your investment in your future will give good returns. Quality programs like these 10 featured here offer a great education to move you towards a great future.
1. Grand Canyon University
This private, Christian school offers a 48-credit Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program online. The program prepares students for positions as managers at hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities. Tuition is the same for in- and out-of-state students, and costs $24,310 per year.
2. Ohio University
Ohio University has consistently ranked among the top 2 percent of US public universities, and can lend its reputation to your degree. Their program requires a bachelor ’s degree and two years of experience working in the medical field for admission. Tuition is $654 per semester hour for Ohio residents, and $673 per semester hour for non-residents. It is possible to complete this program in two years.
3. George Washington University
The program at George Washington University requires a bachelor ’s degree and two letters of recommendation. GW University has several programs, including online options, that are ranked among the best by US News & World Report for the year 2012. Tuition costs $760 per credit hour, and 36 credits are required for the degree.
4. Colorado Technical University
Colorado Technical University offers on-campus and online programs to meet the needs of students seeking a degree in healthcare management. Their program is an MBA with a concentration in healthcare management, and requires 48 credit hours for completion. Tuition costs $585 per credit hour and is the same for resident and non-resident students.
5. University of North Carolina
This program is ranked no. 1 by Modern Healthcare and no. 3 by US News and World Report for the year 2012. It requires 60 semester units of credit to complete, and three week-long visits to the Chapel Hill campus during each academic year. Tuition for the program is based on residency, with residents paying $497 per semester unit, and non-residents paying $1,229 per semester unit.
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6. University of Phoenix
43 credit hours in core courses are required to complete the MHA through the University of Phoenix. This includes courses on leadership skills, health law and ethics, financial management and health information management. Faculty employed by the college have an average of 17.5 years of health care administration experience. Tuition for the program costs $740 per credit, plus a $115 information systems fee per course.
7. Marylhurst University
A private, Catholic university located in the state of Oregon, Marylhurst offers an accelerated MBA with concentration in Healthcare Management over the internet. The program takes 18 months to complete if no quarters are taken off. It consists of 12 courses totaling 48 credit hours. Tuition is $570 per credit unit, and because Marylhurst is a private university, this is the same for both resident and non-resident students.
8. Capella University
This program requires a bachelor’s degree in any field combined with a specific GPA for admission. The program itself is 60 quarter units and each unit costs $448. Students with previous graduate credit may transfer up to 12 units in from another school. Eleven core courses are required, along with electives in chosen specialties and the opportunity to take one graduate course for credit from outside the program scope.
9. Ashford University
This Iowa-based, private school offers a 36 credit hour program for $585 per unit. A bachelor’s degree and a minimum GPA of 2.0 are required for admission. Courses offered include biostatistics, health economics, health information systems and more. All courses are 3 units, so the program is broken down into a series of 12 courses in total.
10. St. Joseph’s University
Jesuit private school St. Joseph’s University offers an online program in health administration with two options for specialization. The ethics specialization requires 36 credit hours taken over 12 courses, and the informatics specialization requires 42 credits taken over 14 courses. Tuition for the program is $752 per credit.